Uber, Bell Helicopter to bring air taxis by 2025

It has been reported that the initial testing will happen in Dallas or Dubai

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Uber, Bell Helicopter to bring air taxis by 2025 Bell Helicopter showcased its 2018 air taxi cabin design at CES this year. (Bell Helicopter)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  February 6, 2018

Bell Helicopter has partnered with ride-hailing app Uber to bring the first air-taxis by 2025, according to a report by Bloomberg.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Patrick Moulay, executive vice president for commercial helicopter sales, said: "Air taxi is the next way for our industry, and it's very important for us to make sure we are among the disrupters to think about what should be transportation in the next 10-20 years.

"We're not going to see a taxi flying tomorrow, but it's much closer than what people think."

It has been reported that the initial testing will happen in Dallas or Dubai, due to the interest in aviation travel.

Related: New four-seat flying taxi proposed for Dubai

Flying taxis were the talk of 2017; Uber announced five partnerships with companies that specialise in air-travel. Uber's ‘Elevate' concept aims to have aerial passenger transport flying by 2020 as the whitepaper releases last year outlines the requirements for the system covering areas such as safety, noise, fuel emissions, aircraft performance, infrastructure including ‘vertiport' landing pads, and operational capabilities.

Last year Dubai proposed its fleet of flying taxis in collaboration with aviation startup Vimana. Vimana is developing an electric-powered, Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and a blockchain-based control system, which would make fast and reliable city-wide aerial taxis a reality.

Related: Watch Dubai's flying taxi being tested

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